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Cat Mountain Station
2740 S. Kinney Road
Tucson, AZ 85735
Located 2 miles north of Ajo Way Highway 86
Artist: Scott Taft
Media: Fine Art Photography
3 Influences of my photography
As a painting major in
college, a number of my colleagues were busy making their
paintings look like photographs while I found myself intrigued
with the idea of trying to make my photographs look like
My first big influence in my study of art was
the early 20th century short-lived movement called “Fauvism”.
The Fauves were famous for translating their feelings into their
paintings by their extreme use of color, namely primary colors.
I identified with the Fauves as I consistently found myself
bored with the color in my landscape images (shot with color
slide film). I finally ended up enhancing those colors through
the use of highly saturated film (to exaggerate greens),
polarizing filters (to exaggerate blues), and enhancing filters
(to exaggerate reds and oranges) in order to capture the
attention of my viewers.
In addition to Fauvism, I spent
a lot of time studying French Impressionism and found my style
moving in that direction. As I transitioned from film to digital
photography, the sky became the limit. When I reached the place
where I could successfully turn my photographs into
impressionistic images, I coined them with the term
Finally, I have always wanted my
art to exhibit a balance of two extremes; Technique & Emotion.
This is the essence of all art. I mix real world objects such as
people and/or things with exaggerated use of color, shape, and
composition to add an emotive reaction to the images.